A Summer’s Prayer

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Holy Father,

Summer is pending, and my schedule is about to change. My children need full-time care again. I’m excited, but I know from experience that this creates its own challenges. I’m glad You are my source to run to when I don’t know what else to do (Psalm 31:1, The Message).

First, I ask that this be a summer where I don’t lean on what I perceive with my reasoning. Instead, may both my children and I find ways to acknowledge You daily. Straighten my paths as I entrust these months to You (Proverbs 3:5–6). Sometimes, boredom can set in when we are all together, making the dark seem blacker. May our pathway as a family get brighter and brighter as we walk in the light You provide (Proverbs 4:18). Thank You that when we have just a little of Your light, You promise that we are on the way for more (Psalm 39:6).

Focus our eyes on the ultimate reality, where You reign supreme over the details (Matthew 10:29). Give me the energy to do one thing at a time, carefully considering how I teach my children. I can’t do this alone, Father (Jeremiah 10:23 ESV). Establish my footsteps into Your pathway so I can lead my children into Your planned future (Proverbs 4:25).

Reveal to me how I can still spend time in Your Word this summer. With limited alone time, I ask that You stir up the Word already within me (Psalm 37:31). Grant me recall with the Word that’s already in my heart. You are my Holy Rememberer (John 14:26). Guide me while I do chores, watch over me while I sleep, and speak to me first thing in the morning (Proverbs 6:22). Thank You that Your Word is light to our family (Proverbs 6:23). When I do have spare time, remind me to seek Your Presence rather than the latest on social media. Knowledge of You is where I will get understanding for my day (Proverbs 9:10).

As I relate to my family, I ask that You bind up nitpicky words from our mouths. Although I seldom feel wise, I know that You have made me so in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:30). Faithing this, I know my tongue can bring healing (Proverbs 12:18). Reveal to me how I can help my children fulfill the desires You have put within them (Proverbs 13:12) without spoiling them rotten (Proverbs 13:12, 24). It’s a delicate balance.

Even though You have given me the Mind of Christ, I still want to ask for wisdom today (James 1:5). Grant me understanding so that I can speak words that encourage, not tear down (Proverbs 14:1). Teach me how to be soothing like a shady life-giving tree (Proverbs 15:4). Weigh my motives and show me how to see myself as You do (Proverbs 16:2). I commit my parenting plans to You, Lord. Fulfill Your promises for our best (Proverbs 16:3).

May the training that my children receive be straight from Your heart. Despite my exhaustion and questions, be the Foundation that allows them to grow into Spirit-led adults (Proverbs 22:6). Grant me strength, and remind me daily to ask for it. I’ll need it, especially in the unexpected times of trouble (Proverbs 24:10). Thank You that even when my flesh fails, You are still the strength of my heart (Psalm 73:26). Give us a vision as to where You are taking our family (Proverbs 29:18).

As I work out what Proverbs 31 means for me, remind me often that success in parenting is not through my works but through faithing You (Romans 11:6; Ephesians 2:10). May I someday hear my children say, “My mom is a woman worthy of praise!” (Proverbs 31:30). In Jesus’s name, amen.

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